Men vs Makeup

Men vs Makeup | How much do men know about the makeup? Most men know really little about makeup, why don't test your man to see how much he knows about it?

We all speak between us about all sorts of beauty products, but have you ever considered thinking about it from a man’s perspective? Apparently it is Chinese to most of them… So when you need some makeup products, can you rely on your partner? 

Men vs Makeup – Who will win the battle?

A while ago I asked my partner to get me a concealer and he was like “con… what?” so he didn’t even know what concealer is. I gave him all the details (brand, name, shade), then he ignored the shade bit and just got the first one he saw. Then he said “Isn’t it just one shade?”. Maybe that gives you some idea how little my partner knows about makeup. For most men the term makeup means just one word and that’s pretty much it. How about primers, eye shadows…?


Primers, foundations, concealers, powders, bronzers, blushers, highlighters… I guess it is all right? However, non of these means anything to my partner. All he knows is powders. I mean can we really expect them to know all of them? Sometimes he asks me many questions like what’s this and that, but then he ends up forgetting. Typical men right?


Mascara is the only thing he can think of, at least it is still something. How about eye primer, eye shadows, eyeliners, eye pencils? We all spend so long time trying to achieve perfect eye look and when they look at it, is it really all they can see? How about the effort we put in?


To most men all lip products are lipsticksLip gloss, lip balm, lip liner… they are all lipsticks, because that’s how they see them. They give colour to lips, that’s all they care about I guess.

So this is how it is for me. He can pick up some products that I ask for, but he can’t really pick anything himself. Once he picked up some lipsticks for me, which you can read more about in my post L’Oréal Rouge Caresse Lipstick. Well, they are actually pretty nice.

Even though he doesn’t know much about it, he goes to the beauty shops alone to get me stuff when I ask him and that’s really nice of him. He must feel so silly alone in the makeup section…

Have you ever asked your boyfriend/partner/husband to pick up some makeup stuff? If so, tell me the story about it and how little or a lot they know about makeup products.

P.S. I think Makeup is clearly the winner!

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  • I have a friend once who felt really self-conscious about his skin so before I night out I applied a small amount of concealer. He liked it so much I believe he bought more for himself.

    Jenn |

    • I had a friend like that. He didn’t only have powder but also bronzer… I can understand guys trying to hide away the skin problems like most of us do however applying bronzer, it was weird.

      • I don’t judge it…as females we are lucky enough to have make to cover spots etc – boys don’t have that. But then we don’t have equal pay so hey ho!

        • Definitely right! same qualification, better experience less money. Not fair at all!

  • If I ever ask he just passes the job onto his mum. I suppose it means he’ll never know how much money I really spend on makeup! xxx

    • Ha ha at least he will never complain about you spending so much money on makeup. That’s the good part of it 😉 xx

  • No, hahahaha – makeup is for me and what I like! I wouldn’t ask my boyfriend to buy me anything like that as I prefer looking and seeing the colours and products in person to know what Im getting!

    Layla xx

    • I don’t always ask him to pick up stuff but if it is a repurchase and I can’t do it myself then I ask him. At least he doesn’t complain and he is nice enough to get them for me 🙂

  • good point! x

  • Aw yes, haha.. whenever I asked my boyfriend to buy me some makeup products, it always made him uncomfortable being seen in makeup section, but still, he will still buy what I asked for.

    Jhem |

    • Katya Jackson

      I am afraid to ask because the outcome can be very unpredictable 😉


      • Ha ha, well the worst he can do is ignore what you say I guess 🙂 x

    • I guess most of the men would feel uncomfortable because it is a section of a store where hardly know anything about. At least they are nice enough to get it without saying much 🙂 xx

  • labellwong

    I don’t really talk about makeup to my significant other, but when he overheard me and my girlfriends talk about makeup, he showed an obvious disinterest and confusion to the “complicated” terms we were using, haha!

    La’bell ||

    • Before I post something I always make him read it then he would have so many questions as it is something most men hardly know anything about. At least he doesn’t complain when I ask him to pick some stuff for me even tho he is not interested in xx

  • Winfred

    HAHA!! The title got me

    Men tend to be rubbish when it comes to knowledge of makeup

    but I guess us women can compare when it comes to men stuff

    like me for example I know nothing about football haha

    • Ha ha, you have a really good point! Makeup is no interest of men and football is mostly no interest of women. But I don’t include myself as I am a huge football fan and follower ha ha 🙂 xx

  • Raydant

    Not all guys wear makeup, some of them do which makes it easier for us when we ask them to get us a mascara when they pass by a drugstore

    • Yeah you are right. At least I can ask my bf to get me some repurchase 🙂 x

  • My husband has no problem picking up some tampons or pads, even offers to get it himself. However, ask him to pick up some concealer, and he calls in frustration, and snapchats me the whole store! It is like his brain crashes!

    Angie ♥
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    • Katya Jackson

      ahaha, of course! It’s like if they ask us to pick new tires for them 🙂 Or tools 🙂


    • Well I thought most men would have problem picking up tampons, because sometimes I don’t even feel comfortable picking up them. At least he snapchats you and not collect the entire store 🙂 x

  • I love this article! Haha

  • Chloe Barnes

    Aha love this post, so true!! <3

    Chloe xx

  • Creme Rose

    This was a cute a post, love it! I always think its interesting how much or little some men know about makeup!

    x Arwa

    • Thank you 🙂 Most knows absolutely nothing about makeup 🙂 xx

  • Katya Jackson

    Haha, so true! My partner doesn’t understand what do I do at the from of my mirror, but he likes to watch the magic happening 🙂


    • It must be like a puzzle for them. So many pieces coming together to create a masterpiece ha ha 🙂

  • Charlotte

    This was such a great post I had to laugh not going to lie haha, my boyfriend the other day said ‘Your mascara looks amazing today’ when he was actually referring to my eyeliner! haha.

    • Ha ha, at least he knows something about makeup 🙂 x

  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    Hahaha…great post!
    My husband knows almost nothing about makeup, i think he just know what a lipstick is.

    Karina xx

  • Corinne C

    Haha, this is so funny. I never thought that men probably have no idea when it comes to this type of stuff!

    Corinne x

    • Most of them probably don’t have a clue about makeup stuff 🙂 x

  • Nadia

    You are so right, all the makeup bits and pieces are all the same to men, Ela lol.
    My hubby now know about MAC, Nars and Bobbi Brown – all the right names 😉
    Lovely post!
    xox Nadia

  • La Travelera

    lol great post!! Very funny 😀

  • Molly Hogan

    Love this post! Both funny AND informative!


  • My partner doesn’t know much about makeup, obviously, but sometimes I’ll ask him to pick up something for me and he’s usually pretty good. I mean, I write everything down and he’ll just show it to a salesperson and ask them to get it for him. I still think it’s very sweet of him! 🙂

    • aww that’s so sweet of him. At least he can pick them up which is something haha 🙂 x

  • Ellie Adams

    I filmed a boyfriend does my makeup video a while ago and it was so clear that my other half had no idea whatsoever what most of my makeup was haha. Fab, funny post lovely 🙂


    • It is so funny to watchh “BF does my makeup” videos, they look so confused like “wth is it for” Well you should upload the video so we can see it 🙂 xx

  • Oh wow, I would never send my husband to get makeup, would result in disaster I’m sure! 😉

    • Ha ha well there might come a time where you have to do that 😉 x

  • Erin Russell

    I dread to think what my other half would buy if I sent him into Debenhams… im sure he would go for MAC or Urban Decay, but I am confident he would get stuck there! As for sending him into boots…. oh god. It wouldn’t end well…. and more concerningly by allowing him to buy me the makeup he can see how much I spend on it… something im not ready for him to know yet! haha

    • Men should never know the prices of the makeup products, especially high end ones! 🙂 x

  • Kiki Rampone

    Oh gosh I can imagine him trying to find the right concealer shade! I think makeup shopping is something best left to me haha. Lovely post!

    xo Kiki

    • Ha ha trying to find the right aisle, right product and then the right shade… it would drive men crazy 🙂 xx

  • I actually sent my guy to pick up beauty bits in the past (but with a clear instruction of shade, price, brand list) but recently he was helping me tidy and was placing things back into the drawers.
    He went to put my eyebrow gel in with the lip glosses and I told him where it went – the response was “So this round tube doesn’t go with the rest of the round tubes?” which is still cracking me up.
    Lovely post!

    Dar |

    • That’s a good one!!! Made me laugh 🙂 Round tube goes with the round tubes, perfect! At least he is nice enough to help you with something he is definitely not interested in xx

  • I don’t think I’ve ever sent my fiance for anything but he has picked me up things he knows I want as a surprise and comes makeup shopping with me. Hehe. He’s pretty good about the whole thing considering how uninteresting it is to him.

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl’s Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • Well at least he doesn’t have any problem coming with you 🙂 xx

  • I don’t think I would even bother to ask my boyfriend to buy me some makeup! For one he thinks I have enough anyway and always complains I buy too much! I don’t think he knows much about makeup either!

    Emma emhasrednails

    • Men shouldn’t know the price of the makeup then I bet they would complain every time a new item is added to the makeup collection xx

  • My OH is pretty good at buying me makeup, but that’s probably because he hears me banging on about it haha xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

  • My boyfriend hate beauty shops!!!! Ahahahahah…. he know anything of these products! Kisses
    from Italy and thank you for stopping at my blog,

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

    • Most men probably hate it, but they are nice enough to come with us 🙂 xx

  • Johanna

    I buy everything buy myself 🙂 I think my boyfriend could never find the right things in a Beauty shop.Hahahaha

    • Ha ha you are right, men will struggle to find what we might ask for 🙂

  • Danielle

    I enjoyed reading this post very much. You made me laugh!

  • Sarah

    Hey there, I loved reading this! I have never sent my fiancee to go and buy me makeup but the idea makes me just laugh imagining how he would go about finding what I wanted 😉

    • Picking eyeliner instead of mascara or go for crazy shades with foundation&lipsticks haha… Even the thought of it is not good 🙂 xx

  • Diana Horsfall
  • Very interesting post!

  • lol i know my bf would have no idea. love the post!

    ps- following on Bloglovin!

    Sabrina |

  • Haha! This is so true! My bae likes to say I’m beautiful with or without makeup on, BUT has no idea what kind of things I put on my face. Even though we met in theatre, where he wore thicker makeup than I do…He calls makeup ‘lies’ and I call him an idiot. Hahaha

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin’

    • He’s right with what he says, you definitely are with or without. Men don’t have any idea what we go through, so many stuff to worry about. At least most of them don’t know the price we pay for all these stuff 🙂 x

  • clara mcmillan

    Mascara is all my husband knows too!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

  • Great post. My boyfriends exactly the same! And doesn’t understand why I need so much haha!

  • I think that you’ve summed up what men think perfectly hahaha. My dad wonders why do I need so many lipstick shades and eye shadows hahaha
    Nice post! xx

  • I did and it didn’t work out too well. He absolutely doesn’t care about what I use, but he enjoys me wearing makeup, which is something at least.

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Most men are really bad about knowing makeup stuff and even picking them. At least he appreciates when you wear it. There are some men who don’t even do that

  • Haha! I’m a guy blogger, and I don’t really know much about make up as well, of course, but I do know everything about HAIR, and oh, it takes me half and hour of preparing, especially when it won’t freaking stay! Wet it, dry it with a towel, use then a hair dryer, warm gel, ughhh! So I understand (and pity you) haha! Joking :p 😀

    Here’s my blooog, girls:

    • Having knowledge about hair is still a thing, there are many products for different purposes. So many don’t even know anything about hair products. So thumbs up for you 🙂

  • Haha that’s so true 🙂 although after all this time that I’ve put him through makeup shopping he starts to know a few more things… Also he’s doing pretty great at buying me makeup for my birthday, anniversary etc.. (although internet has really helped him haha)!
    Lovely post, new follower! x

    • At least he can find the latest trends online or you can give him some hints then he can get them hehe 🙂 They will probably learn eventually, it just takes time 🙂

  • Mikayla Jenkins

    I might be able to talk my husband into buying some makeup for me, but I shudder to think what he would bring home. Great post!

    • Better not risk it then 🙂 Think that he spends so much on something that you would hate… nightmare!

  • Emily

    This made me laugh Ela 🙂 My boyfriend once told me putting eyeliner on way easy…and then he gave it a go and held his hands up that he was very wrong!

    Musings & More

    • Ha ha at least he learnt his lesson now:) Nothing we do in terms of makeup is really easy xx

  • I tried teaching on one my best friends about makeup, I went into all the details and now all he remembers is mascara. Charming 🙂

    • How great 🙂 I guess men can’t remember anything about the stuff they are not really interested in 🙂

  • Kelly M

    SO FUNNY! Men totally do not get make up. A have a guy friend that says, “When I go to the bar I am more likely to talk to a girl that’s not wearing lipstick than one who is.” WTF.. Haha my response “You can’t even tell, I bet you can’t even tell.”


    • Ha ha really… I bet he couldn’t even tell that, he would just assume if it is not red or pink then there’s no lipstick 😉

  • Yeah you’re right about this! Guys would think we spend too much time putting on makeup because they think it’s that simple 😛


    Oh Dear Bumblebees

    • Definitely! They can’t understand why it is taking so long that we make them wait. There are just so much to do 🙂 x

  • Ye my partner will never understand why I need as many products as I do (well really it’s not like we do need them, more like we want them) x

    Beauty with charm

  • My boyfriend thinks that makeup is completely unnecessary but yet prefers me wearing a little bit of mascara and some blush on the daily basis 🙂
    He thinks that I spend too much time applying mascara and laughs every time I make a weird face while applying it 🙂

    • Next time he laughs, you just make him apply mascara to himself and watch him struggle and make a weird face then he will know why 🙂 xx

  • This is just like my partner….tbh he can’t even tell what i’m wearing apart from ‘that black stuff on your eyes’. I don’t think he understands why use girls need to wear make up aha. Even though he does alway tell me i look beautiful without make up on i would prefer to have it on. Also their faces when they see how much some make up costs!

    • Men don’t understand the reason of makeup but they still prefer us looking pretty for them. So all we do is a little makeup to make everything look a little better 🙂

  • I would say my mine is the same! haha I’m curious now and am going to ask him to do something similar to see what he does! haha.


  • Samileen

    Hahaha my husband doesn’t get why you need 10 different lipstick shades, they all look just the same except for red which he totally disapproves off haha. But funny enough he does notices me using stuff and just for fun, once I asked him to do my makeup and he did a pretty good job I was shocked haha.

    Sam || Beautydetour

    • Well we need lipsticks even we only use them once or twice, they are just essentials 🙂 I don’t know how my one would do, I’ve never asked that… well I might actually ask that haha 🙂 xx

  • Your story about men & makeup is really quite funny – I imagine they are nitwits in that regard 🙂

    Bold Bliss

  • It’s so funny because men can see a picture of all the things we put on your faces for a “natural look” and they think it’s impossible to wear so many things at once haha. It’s so nice when guys like girls wearing makeup, specially red lips!

    | |

  • Haha this reminds me of that meme that was going around about all the different colours and how women see aqua, turquoise, sky blue, sea blue and men just see it as blue.

    I suppose they probably think we’re useless when it comes to cars or something. My dad is always pointing out different types of cars and their makes and I’m just here like dad, they’re all cars.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally